19th Jun 2017 - Etc., Food

I’ll be the first to admit that the art of cooking is not yet a skill that I’ve acquired. Despite the fact that it’s a running joke with my family and friends that I’m useless at cooking, the shelves in our home still seem to be overflowing with recipe books (Aslan is the chef)!

Over the past few months I’ve been making a conscious effort to introduce healthy changes into my lifestyle in an effort to improve my fitness levels and get on track to being the best version of me that I can be. I’ll be honest, eating healthy is something that’s never been easy for me. I mean, does anyone really get any sense of enjoyment from chowing down on a pile of leaves? (I know I don’t!) Although I’m not the type of person who’s going to eat kale 7 days a week, I am aware that eating the right things has a positive impact on the way that we feel, and that’s something I can really get behind. I’m not saying I’m going to give up the chocolate digestives that accompany my nightly cup of tea, or banish the Saturday night pizza in front of the TV, but making small changes to the way I fuel my body throughout the day is something that I’ve been embracing. That’s why for this blog post, I thought I’d share with you a handful of the books that have been making this change in lifestyle slightly less of a chore and more of something that I can really enjoy.

‘The Art of Eating Well’ – Hemsley & Hemsley

This book is my saviour. The Hemsley sisters know a thing or two about food that not only does good, but tastes good too. With a philosophy that a healthy gut leads to a healthier and happier mind, body and soul, this was a book that just had to become a part of my cookbook collection. Split into chapters according to mealtimes, ‘The Art of Eating Well’ makes introducing wholesome ingredients into your day to day an easy task. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the Hemsley sisters and they are absolutely lovely! Definitely check out their café inside Selfridges. 

Joy McCarthy ‘Joyous Health: Eat & Live Well Without Dieting’

Any book that promises to make you ‘feel fabulous every day’ is a winner in my eyes. Packed with recipes for healthy burgers, pancakes, curries and brownies, this book was bound to be an addition to my book collection. The food is tasty, comforting and wholesome, and while the burgers might not be as good as the ones down the road at Byron, they *almost* hit the spot when you’re craving something a bit naughty. Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Amelia Freer ‘Cook, Nourish, Glow’

The thing I love about this book is that its recipes are full of ingredients that we usually have lying around in our kitchen cupboards. There’s nothing that frustrates me more than opening up a recipe book to find that I don’t own any of the components needed to whip up one of its recipes. ‘Cook, Nourish, Glow’ is full of simple recipes that don’t require a lot of faffing about to whip up. This one’s a keeper.

Niomi Smart ‘Eat Smart’

Although I can’t seem to get my culinary creations to look quite as beautiful as the photos in Niomi’s ‘Eat Smart’ cookbook, the final products still taste pretty damn special. If you’re a snacker like me, you need to get this book simply for the ‘Sides & Snacks’ section. When 4pm rolls around and I need a little something to help me make it through the remaining hours until dinner, the first thing I reach for is Niomi’s houmous recipe; just throw a tin of chickpeas together with a couple of garlic cloves, one beetroot, a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon before blending it all together in a food processor, and hey presto, a simple recipe for someone like me who isn’t the most advanced of chefs. I like to chop a carrot into sticks along with a couple of my favourite savoury crackers and use these to scoop up some of that delicious garlicy goodness, yuuuuuum! Who knew ‘chips and dip’ could be so healthy? Niomi, I love your book!

Michael Gregger ‘How Not to Die’

This book fascinates me! ‘How Not to Die’ tells us about how nutrition can prevent disease and transform our genes so that we can live a longer and healthier life. Sounds good, right? Although abiding by this book completely is not something I think I could do, taking bits and pieces of advice and following that in my daily diet gives me faith in knowing that I’m taking the right steps towards looking after my body. The nutritional advice is scientifically proven, so you know that you can trust everything you read within this book. However as diets go, I wouldn’t say that this one feels particularly attainable and anyway, where’s the harm in a donut every once in a while? Everything in moderation as they say…

David Frenkiel & Luise Vindhal ‘The Green Kitchen’

I’ve never been a huge lover of veggies and I find myself on a constant mission to learn to love anything leafy and green. ‘The Green Kitchen’ by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindhal is made up of entirely vegetarian recipes, so whenever I pick up this book I’ve got no choice but to indulge in something packed full of that veggie goodness. If you already own this book you’ll know that the photography is enough to tempt even the most picky of eaters to introduce more greenery into their diet, it truly is a feast for the eyes. Lettuce, I will learn to love you.

Madeline Shaw ‘A Year of Beautiful Eating’

Madeline Shaw’s ‘A Year of Beautiful Eating’ is an undeniably gorgeous book. What I love about this book is that the recipes are tailored for the seasons, which means that its never too hard to get your hands on the ingredients that you need no matter what the time of year. There are around 100 recipes in this book and there’s such a great variation of tastes and flavours within the dishes. Aslan and I have only tried a couple of the recipes so far but we’re definitely excited to try more! We’re unashamedly addicted to ramen so we’re excited to try Madeline’s chicken ramen recipe. Yum!






  • 这个不错哦,我好好读读!

  • 这个不错哦,我好好读读!

  • Oh, so many awesome looking cookbooks :B I just moved to a new place that has a much nicer kitchen, and I can’t wait to start cooking in it. The Green Kitchen looks very promising.

  • Lindsay Davison

    I have Hemsley Hemsley books and I love it!! 😍😍

  • frida

    It would be truly interesting if you could write a long blog post about your current state of mind. What are you reading? Eating? Thinking about? Search on Google? What are your plans for the upcoming days or future? Feelings? What do you do outside of work? Exercise?

    You speak so much of beauty and fashion, which I know is your job, but it would be so interesting to find out more about you, as a person, and where you are at in life.


  • A lovely collection of inspiring and healthy cook books! I recently bought ‘A Year of Beautiful Eating’ by Madeleine Shaw too – and LOVE it! So far I’ve only tried a few recipes but like you said, they all look so delicious! 🙂 Daisy xxx